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This morning I was putting together my grocery shopping list. And I was getting excited (maybe I was really hungry, not sure). For awhile, grocery shopping was a challenge, but it’s gotten much better. Paolo loves to be in the front baby carrier and look around the store while I do my shopping. And he has become such a little flirt. (Takes after his papa’.)  He smiles and coos at anyone that will look at him.  I love that he is so social and engaging; this is such a fun age.

As I was putting together my grocery list, I realized that I was really looking forward to my trip to Trader Joe’s today. This got me thinking about my relationship to shopping.  Some days I love it, some days I hate it. But mostly I love it. Shopping can be so much fun.  Especially finding great deals. I get so excited when I come home with an excellent find, who doesn’t?  I can get a shopping high from finding a fabulous deal on onesies for my baby or buying our dog food with a great coupon sent in the mail.  (Lamb and rice Science Diet is the only thing that goes into Sofia’s doggie dish.  Vet’s orders.)  Mostly, I am a frugalista. (What a great word; did Target or TJ Maxx invent that one? I can’t remember.)  But there are a few items that I will never, ever skimp on.  I would rather go without; every woman knows these five item deserve a good splurge.

Face cream. Shiseido is the best, hands down.

Handbags. Italian ones only, thank you.  (Side note, I have not bought a purse in two years….Oh I how miss Italy and their sales and outlets and markets….)

Hairdryers.  I prefer the Paul Mitchell ionic travel size.  It’s half the size of the giant salon one and works just as great. (Did I mention it was HALF the price?)  And it doesn’t sound like a lawnmower.

Along that same vein, I think that one’s stylist is very important.  I hate it when my hair is funky.  (Which happened for the entire first year in California.  My stylist is just now getting things back in order. THANK GOODNESS).  I would love to put up a photo my stylist, but I should probably ask him first.

And, lastly, organic food items.  I try to buy just about everything organic and all-natural. We don’t do much processed food in our house. We don’t even have a microwave.  (Since we got married, actually, we’ve never had one. Or needed/missed it.)  I get a lot from Trader Joe’s, Mother’s Market, and Vons has actually stepped up their selection of USDA organic items.

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Cookies are for desert, right? A yummy little treat to signal the end of an afternoon or evening meal.  Not in our house.  Italians are very particular about their palate for breakfast, and eat exclusively sweet foods in the morning.  Which usually means a cafe latte or hot chocolate with some sort of pastry. Every. Day.

Giuseppe is very picky about what he will eat for breakfast.  For him there are two food groups in the morning: cookies and cake.  He loathes anything slightly savory in the morning and routinely complains about how disgusting my breakfast choices are.  Since when are eggs and toast yucky in the morning?

So, yes, when we grocery shop, we have to visit the desert aisle for prepackaged cookies and sweet breads.  (It would be impossible to keep homemade cookies and cakes in the kitchen with the rate that Giuseppe consumes them.)  This morning he ate about six chocolate Florentine cookies with his cafe latte.

I, on the other hand, think that a good breakfast should be nutritious, with a mix of carbohydrates, fiber, and protein.  (Eggs, fruit, whole grains, etc.).  Giuseppe refuses to cooperate. I think this could potentially become a problem as our little guy grows up.   It will be a losing battle for me, on team nutrition.  What child will take his mother seriously about the importance of a healthy breakfast when his father is wolfing down chocolate chip cookies every morning?

At least I have a solid year before the battle begins.


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